I've been terrible about blogging lately. There are two main reasons for that. For one, the end of the year activities are swamping us. Let's see: the last lacrosse jamboree and pizza party, the end of the year t-ball picnic, the 3rd and 4th grade Extravaganza (complete with student display boards, singing, and skits), the Kindergarten puppet show and singing program, a ballet recital and two classroom end of year parties.
Secondly, our house is officially on the market. Which means that I'm spending as much time away from home as I can. When I'm home, I wander around twitching over things I should be cleaning. I survey the house with a critical eye convinced that no one will ever buy it. I live in fear that the phone will ring and we'll have to pick up and clear out for a showing. Or worse, that it won't ring. I can only relax when I'm out of the house. Seeing as I don't have a laptop, that doesn't make for many good blogging opportunities.
But enough of my excuses. On to the main event! Juliana's ballet recital was last night. She's been dancing with the same teacher for three years, but this year is the first time her class was a part of the spring recital. It was a Big Deal with costumes and make-up and a real theater. I was skeptical at first; in fact I was downright mutinous when I saw all the preparation it would involve. But some of the parents who had been through it before talked me down and I decided to roll with it all and see what happened. It turns out that the final product was well worth the headaches involved. It was amazing to see the older dancers and what they had accomplished and then to see the little girls in Juliana's class and understand where it all starts. Juliana's class did a Snow Faerie dance. My video camera died and we couldn't take flash photos during the show, but we got some of her in her costume afterwards.
I know I'm biased, but could she be cuter?? With those two front teeth missing? Somehow, the backstage hair and makeup moms managed to get her chin length bob back into a "ballerina bun". I have no idea how, except that later that night, I extracted no fewer than 15 bobby pins from her hair. Plus two pony tail holders. And a hair net. And so much Aqua Net that her very own ozone hole followed her like a guardian angel.